About the Artist: Kalisolaite ‘Uhila While on a 2018 residency at the Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Tongan-New Zealand per- formance artist Kalisolaite ‘Uhila connected with other Tongans living there, undertaking research into their experiences of Asian culture and the nature of time—how its use and con- tours may change according to where we might be located, the spaces we inhabit, and the peo- ple with whom we are sharing those spaces. Researching the interaction between bodies and ideas in and through time informs both Photo by Patti Solomona Tyrell philosophical and material aspects of his work as a performance artist. Audiences respond- ing to the sensory and visual impact of his work are drawn to contemplate its metaphorical references to Pacific Islander experiences in historical and geopolitical contexts. Similarly, a personal focus on relationships with others, and life outside the time and space of performance, provides ‘Uhila with a meditative still-point that enables him to endure the emotional and physical demands of site-specific, durational practices. After living in a shipping container with a pig for a week, inhabiting the streets of Auckland for three months for a project about homelessness, performing on the roof of a gallery to
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 28, 2019
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